The fact that hip-hop/pop superstar Post Malone is an impressive guitarist is no state secret at this point (opens in new tab).
However, it's one thing to flash some chops here and there, and another entirely to tackle Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover," the instrumental masterpiece that remains one of the most beautiful, and difficult-to-perfect, guitar workouts of all time.
Not one to back away from a challenge, Malone recently took to Instagram (opens in new tab) to demonstrate some of the song's trademark licks with his Les Paul. You can check out his version below.
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A photo posted by on on Aug 20, 2020 at 2:34pm PDT
Malone posted the video as a challenge of sorts to his producer and musical partner in crime, Andrew Watt, who manned the boards and played lead guitar on Ozzy Osbourne's Ordinary Man (opens in new tab).
In response, Watt posted a video of his own, tearing into his solo on Osbourne's "Take What You Want," which also happens to feature Malone on vocals.
You can check out his solo in the video below.
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A photo posted by @thisiswatt on Aug 20, 2020 at 4:45pm PDT
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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